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Freedom Watch: Speak no evil

Why are African-American leaders silent about slavery in Sudan?
It wasn’t the first time members of the Congressional Black Caucus had heard – and done nothing about – Sudan’s dirty secret. Even before a recent House international-relations subcommittee hearing on human-rights violations in Sudan, they knew that kidnapping and slavery had become a barbarous byproduct of Sudan’s bloody holy war.
By TIM SANDLER  |  May 20, 2010

Pirates' ransom

The fun in Oregon is over, as east-coast athletes go on a kidnapping spree
Well, enough of the funny stuff with the Oregon Ducks’ recent crime wave. This week, we’re back into the world of straight-out, nasty, pointless, idiotic violence, committed by young athletes with everything to lose and only a few bucks to gain.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 24, 2010

Ransom Notes

Was the NY Times being hypocritical when it suppressed coverage of its journalist who was kidnapped by the Taliban?
While reporting from Afghanistan two years ago, David Rohde became, for the second time in his career, an unwilling participant rather than an observer. On October 29, 1995, Rohde had been arrested by Bosnian Serbs. And then in November 2008, Rohde and two Afghan colleagues were en route to an interview with a Taliban commander when they were kidnapped.
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 12, 2010

The SLA: Unity Through Violent Action?

Patricia Hearst kidnapped, a media mogul's ransom, and the FBI
From Mu, a lost land of legends, they march on America (or at least San Francisco) — the Symbionese Liberation Army.
By VIN MCLELLAN  |  March 30, 2009

70. Boy George

As if the planet wasn’t scarred enough from those TV-test pattern outfits Boy George wore in the ’80s, London’s oddest duck has now given us a new mental image to try scrubbing out of our brains: that of a washed-up MTV freak kidnapping and chain-whipping a male prostitute.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 25, 2009

Review: Dollhouse

Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
Joss Whedon continues to fight the darkness
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 09, 2009

Nobel Son

A precious, hyperkinetic mess
On its surface, this quirky thriller from Randall Miller has indie-style appeal, with Alan Rickman in a delicious role as a gluttonous, philandering, narcissistic physics professor whose Nobel Prize win is deflated by the kidnapping of his rebellious philosophy-major son.
By PEG ALOI  |  December 05, 2008

Conscientious objectors

Two films on being fanatic
How do people become fanatics? When does individual conscience take a stand?  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 27, 2008

Our Disappeared

Fascinating historical clips mixed with personal interviews
Between 1976 and 1983, some 30,000 people were kidnapped and killed by the Argentine military dictatorship.  
By PEG ALOI  |  October 09, 2008

Building better bodyguards

Inside a Connecticutt "anti-terrorist driving school"
This article originally ran in the May 2, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By MICHAEL MATZA  |  May 01, 2008

The war games

The Huntington’s The Cry of the Reed ; Travesties by the Publick
The Cry of the Reed seems torn from some particularly gruesome headlines: kidnapping, beheading, such stuff as Daniel Pearl’s final dreams were made on.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2008

The Big Hurt: Clubbing baby seals: not okay

This week in social activism
Pop icon RICKY MARTIN paid a humanitarian visit to Cambodia recently in support of victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 08, 2008

A loving abduction?

Diverse city
Lola and Nicholas Kampf should write a parenting book.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  October 25, 2007

Terror incognita

Winterbottom, Jolie lose Heart
No one will know what Danny Pearl felt as he was kidnapped, held prisoner, and beheaded by jihadist fanatics.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 20, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 40-31

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Newsmakers

The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
Who are the unsexiest newsmaking men of 2007?
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Africa's invisible slaves

Human bondage resurfaces in the dark heart of Sudan
This article originally appeared in the June 30, 1995 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By TIM SANDLER  |  November 14, 2006

Waist Deep

A sugar buzz
In this hip-hop urban Bonnie and Clyde wanna-be, charismatic rapper/actor Tyrese ( Baby Boy , 2 Fast 2 Furious ) plays O2, a recent parolee whose efforts to go straight are derailed when a Crenshaw drug lord inadvertently kidnaps his son during a carjacking. Watch the trailer for Waist Deep (QuickTime)
By TOM MEEK  |  June 28, 2006

Super Blot

Sports crime does the Super Bowl
With all due respect to Isaiah (J.R.) Rider — the NBA’s all-time arrest leader who solidified his first-ballot Sports Crime Hall of Fame status last week with a decisive post-retirement kidnapping bust — there really is no news in sports this week that doesn’t involve the Super Bowl.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 02, 2006

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